One of the most feared phrases in the dental world is “root canal.” What is a root canal treatment? How can you prevent a root canal by avoiding the causes? What are some signs that you may be in need of a root canal? We will consider these questions now.
What Is a Root Canal Treatment?
A root canal treatment is a way to save a tooth that is too damaged or infected for a simple filling to do the trick. If bacteria gets into the pulp of a tooth, an infection may reach the root. Decay, an injury to the tooth, or dental work being repeatedly done on the same tooth can all lead to the need for a root canal.
The procedure involves the removal of the infected pulp in order to stop the spread of the infection inside the tooth. Then a custom crown is made to cover the tooth and prevent further bacteria from getting into the pulp.
Preventing the Need for a Root Canal
Understanding the causes of pulp damage or infection can help prevent the need for a root canal. The best way to avoid ever needing such treatment is to take care of your teeth at home, brushing and flossing daily, as well as getting your regular checkups every 6 months. This will prevent decay.
If you do have any dental fillings from previous cavities, continue to care for these teeth. Decay around the filling can lead to deeper damage and the likelihood of a future root canal. Also, be sure to care for problems with teeth grinding as this can cause more serious damage to teeth. Caring for the gums is also vital as gum disease can lead to root canal problems in its advanced stages.
Do You Need a Root Canal?
Some of the symptoms that decay in a tooth has progressed include:
- Severe pain when chewing
- Cold or heat sensitivity that lingers after the stimuli is removed
- The tooth may darken in color
- The gums around the tooth may become swollen or tender
Dens in Dente offers comprehensive dental treatment options, including root canal therapy when needed. To schedule an appointment, call 02 8399 3661.
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